Are You willing to Man Up?

September 25, 2010

Are you ready to become the person God wants you to be? Are you willing to face life with the optimism
and hope required to overcome? Are you prepared to make the necessary choices to put yourself in the
middle of God’s will? Are you willing to Man_Up?
The term Man_up is simply a reference to the act of becoming the person God wants you to
be. We must voluntarily choose to cooperate in the processes necessary for that transformation to
be completed by making the right sovereign decisions. To Man_Up is to intentionally place ourselves
in God’s plan for our lives and to be subjected to His dealing with us as sons so that we may make it
through on the other side the man He wants us to be.
I will say that sometimes that process may not be an enjoyable one. I probably should say that
only after the pains of the struggles are over and the rewards are being admired will it be enjoyable. No
hardship for an extended period of time is enjoyable. We don’t need to confuse ourselves by trying to
convince one another that it is. Sometimes it will seem as the testing of our level of tolerance for there
will not appear to be any understandable or explainable reason for the pain. There are some things that
are supposed to hurt. If they don’t there is something wrong. We must learn to see through the pain. We
must have vision enough to look past the circumstances. We could probably agree that Jesus was going
through a tough situation the last week of His life here. In the garden He cried, “if it be possible let this
cup pass from me.” On the cross He cried, “why hast thou forsaken me?” However He finished both by
giving Himself over to God.
In the garden – “not my will by yours”
On the cross – “into thy hands I commend my spirit”
Give yourself to God.
Allow Him total control.

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